Archive for January, 2016

vocal tracks for new songs

be still 2389Yesterday Dale and I put down vocals (well, Dale did ūüôā for two recent songs of mine, both with a country-folk feel.¬†Time to take time and¬†Bless your name forever were written during our recent wonderful break at Hervey Bay and North Stradbroke Island (Straddie). ¬†I loved using my mandolin for the second one and must start playing it more. ¬†As per past post,¬†Bless your name forever is one of those rare praise songs of mine. ¬†The scores of these are in higher keys – just brought down to suit Dale’s voice. ¬†Click the links above for free access to music score.

Feel free to enjoy and use.


Time to take time vocal

Bless your name forever vocal

Holidays nearly over

Hi. My annual January holiday break is just about over.  Back on deck tomorrow, refreshed and looking forward to a fruitful year in ministry. IMG_3139

This time, I’ve taken two weeks off, and wonder why I ever chose just the one week in times past ! ¬†Certainly this has been the way to go. ¬†One reflection has been the time has gone really slowly. ¬†There’s a lesson there, amid the busyness and rush and intensity too often at other times of the year. ¬†Hopefully, some learnings toward the end of 2015 have me better-equipped to ensure I build “slow time” into my days and weeks ūüôā

IMG_3190What have I enjoyed this past fortnight? ¬†Time with Dale of course, including a lovely buffet dinner in a restaurant in the city. ¬†There’s a story behind that, which Dale best tell. ¬†I’m a cricket tragic, so we’ve managed to attend¬†two Big Bash League games and Friday’s Australia-India ODI at the Gabba.

Seen three movies:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 8.5/10
Joy  8/10
The Big Short 7/5/10 … I’m a hard marker ūüôā

IMG_3159Lots of time at or near the beach:

  • our annual Hervey Bay week right on the Esplanade with friends Jan and Glenn. ¬†LOTs of swims, sleeps, reading, coffee (go¬†Bayaroma), daily walks, means at the¬†Boat Club, movie and a really enjoyable concert by a Creedence Clearwater Revival “revival” band. ¬†The band was rightly tight, great musicianship and yes, they did my favourite Creedence song –¬†Up Around the Bend!IMG_3145
  • three nights near Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island, near Brisbane. ¬†Beautiful weather and lovely swims in crystal clear water.IMG_3189
  • as per previous post, I wrote a Psalm 145 and mandolin-inspired worship praise song while there:¬†Bless your name forever

So, back into it tomorrow.
New Years blessings again, folks


Bless your name forever

thanksgivingHere’s a new praise song for you, based on some verses in Psalm 145. Yes, it’s yet another song written on our annual January holidays; not Hervey Bay this time but over a beautiful few days near Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island.

Historically, I haven’t written all that many praise songs. ¬†Not exactly sure why. ¬†It may be that there’s so many around. ¬†It’s certainly because I feel that many churches “o’d” on praise songs at the expense of songs that lead us into intercession, lament, justice and peace-making and mission .. but many of you have heard my thoughts on that many times previously ūüôā

The song began to emerge while enjoying some quiet and still time soon after sunrise by the shores of Hervey Bay, having just IMG_3131read Psalm 145. ¬†I had my mandolin with me and have resolved in 2016 to enjoying playing it a lot more. ¬†Any ‘mandolinist’ knows that the key of G is clearly the easiest key for mandolin, so¬†Bless your name forever ¬† – you guessed it, is in G. ¬†Perhaps not surprising, the song has an unashamedly folk/country feel. Mandolin lends itself so well to songs in this genre. ¬†Hopefully this one of mine does it justice, and ultimately our Creator God is praised. ¬†Go ahead and enjoy using it. ¬†Vocal track coming in the next week or so. Cheers.


mp3 backing

Every day I will bless you Lord
I will praise your name forever
I will praise you, O my God and King
and bless your name forever

Great are you, Lord
Great to be praised
Your greatness, unlimited
Generations will praise your works
Your mighty acts forever

Lord, you are grace
Your mercy wide
Slow angered and rich in love
Lord your goodness extends to all
Compassion in all you’ve made

David MacGregor
 © 2016  Willow Publishing
 from Psalm 145


time to take time / be still

be still 2389New Years Greetings.

Two new songs (with vocals yet to come) for the new year – all about taking time out, being still, time reflecting, time in prayer, time with God. Inspired by two scripture passages:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Luke 1:35

‚ÄúBe still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a


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